Monday, February 17, 2014

My writing process..."And supposedly my ass will shrink a bit from being vertical so much!"

I was asked to do this thingamajig by Alison Tyler. And then I forgot what day it was today. So tada! Better late than never.

1)     What am I working on?
I’m working on a book for Excessica called The Accidental Cougar. I got the idea when a very handsome young man—and I mean young—gave me a double take and a friendly flirty smile. At first I was shocked, I had no makeup on and was dressed like a character from Rent seeing as we’d had an ice/snow storm. But after the shock of someone being flirty with me wore off my brain started to spin a tale like none other I’ve told. I tend to favor older man, younger woman if my characters aren’t around the same age. I’ve never done a cougar. And I have to say…rawr! I like it.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have no idea. That would imply that I’ve read my genre in its entirety. I can tell you that I have been told I’m good at mixing humor with heavier emotions. I’ve also gotten some cheers for dialogue. Which is quite pleasing!

3)     Why do I write what I do?

Because I accidentally found out I can. And not only that I can, but it seems to be what I flourish in. The erotic genre. So why mess with something if it makes you happy and is working out for you, right? I do write other things, but I always end up back in erotic fiction. It’s my home. My dirty-dirty home.

4)     How does your writing process work?

I have no idea. Isn’t that a terrible answer? I don’t think I have a ‘process’ per se. A process indicates I do X,Y and Z every day. I don’t. I tend to work—especially right now—in the center of a swirling vortex of chaos. My process involves desperately attempting maybe an hour or two if I am super lucky alone per day. Ironically, that time is spent going to all ‘my spots’. I go Email #1, Email #2, Email #3, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Google. Every day. So that’s my process…maybe? I only do Pinterest if I know I have an hour to kill. No shit. I have a Pinterest problem. Then I write for a hard and fast sprint. After that, people are starting to get up and my other responsibilities are starting to rear their heads and I end up working whenever I can shove it in for the rest of the day. Right now, I am so in love with The Accidental Cougar I am wedging it in wherever possible. I recently bought a standing/rolling desk so while dinner is cooking/baking/sautéing or whatever, I can stand there and work. Pretty nifty. And supposedly my ass will shrink a bit from being vertical so much!
Beyond that, I write about 6 days a week. Sometimes 7. I often work on more than one book at a time. Sometimes I have two books going as far as writing and one for editing. Other times I have two under edits and am writing one. Or once in a great while, like right now with TAC, I’m working on just ONE thing. Alert the media!

I like background noise like Supernatural or Bones. I layer chores in with my writing because I can’t focus on the writing for too long a stretch by itself. My brain needs room to figure out the next step so that’s when folding laundry or stitching some fabric for a quilt or doing the dishes turn out to be lovely distractions.

Oh, and I talk. A lot. Online. I run my mouth all day. I am amazed that I get anything done at all, to be honest. But somehow the craziness works for me.

Alison hit me up to do this so I went and banged on (ahem):

Kristina Wright
Kiki Howell
S.A. Meade

Check them out next week (February 24th) and find out their process. Because if you're anything like're nosy as hell!


1 comment:

  1. I love peeking in to see how others write and how they manage to be so brilliant while being so busy. I'm lucky if my brain decides to get out of sleep mode once I'm done work. I like the rolling stand - nice idea. :D Except I don't cook. :P


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